Lagos State Declares Isese Day public Holiday

To commemorate the Isese Day, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, has declared Monday as a non-working day for all public servants in the state.
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This day is dedicated to celebrating the indigenous Yoruba culture and traditions and preserving the Yoruba heritage. It is annually observed on August 20th and is cherished by followers of the Yoruba traditional religion.

Jibril Gawat, a media aide to the governor, announced through a post on X (formerly Twitter) that the declaration was communicated through a circular issued by Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the state’s head of service.

The circular outlines that this year's Isese Day celebration will take place on Sunday, August 20th. The governor's decision to declare a work-free day emphasizes his dedication to supporting traditional institutions in the state. This approach aims to promote indigenous culture, traditions, and the preservation of heritage.

According to the circular, work will resume for all state employees on Tuesday, August 22nd at 8 a.m. This decision aligns Lagos with other southwestern states like Oyo and Ogun, which have also designated August 20th to celebrate the festival.

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